BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO SEA VIEW
In his first year in office Borough President Oddo framed his vision for the Staten Island Health and Wellness Campus at Sea View to Mayor de Blasio. The Mayor was receptive and is working with Borough President Oddo to further develop the framework and better understand Staten Island’s needs in coordination with the NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation (HHC) and the NYC City Economic Development Corporation (EDC). BP Oddo invited Maria Torres-Springer, President of EDC, to tour the site and discuss his vision in greater detail.
“I’m trying to breathe life into the abandoned Sea View buildings to fill needs we have here on Staten Island. We want to create New York City’s first community of care,” Oddo said. “We’re moving to a model where we want to be able maintain wellness, opposed to having to address sickness later on.”
In August 2016, the BP joined with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and New York City Health + Hospitals to announce plans for the new Sea View Healthy Community. The project will be constructed on the site of the old Sea View Hospital campus, which was built over a hundred years ago to treat those with tuberculosis. It ceased operations in the 1950s.
The Sea View Healthy Community will offer medical offices, retail spaces, housing, and community facilities including plazas and bike trails across its 90 acres. The facility will focus on addressing the needs of senior citizens and children with special needs.
NYCEDC will issue a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI), which will seek community proposals for the development of the site.
“Today marks a tangible step forward and demonstrable proof that we have moved from what was once merely a vision crafted when I got to Borough Hall in 2014 to a priority project for the de Blasio Administration,” noted BP Oddo. “This community of care is going to happen, and Staten Island will be a much healthier place because if it,”
The community will be the first health-focused, mixed-use development in the country.